Today’s social climate is wrought with polarizing and divisive rhetoric inflamed by frequent and evolving conspiracy theories and analogous cult influence. This trend has had major negative impacts on individual and collective identities and beliefs. A common result? Strained relationships, family conflict, employment challenges, and a new normal that can be difficult to traverse. We see it translate into therapy quite often today, and many clinicians feel stumped about how to approach these sensitive topics!
This day long seminar will provide helpful case studies and interesting findings in counseling and communication research to increase participants’ understanding of how cults, conspiracy theories, and political radicalism takes root as well as how they impact individuals, their families, and engagement in therapy. This course will cover the real-world persuasive tactics used to influence public thought, the step-by-step process of how institutions and individuals cultivate a cult-like following, related ethical dilemmas for clinicians, and conversational strategies that clinicians can use to navigate these topics in session.
This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:
a). Describe the psychology of social radicalization.
b). Name the 4 stages of cult acquisition and the 9 primary traits.
c). Define conspiracy theories and distinguish them from other unreliable thought patterns.
d). Understand the influence of political and social identities in the therapeutic context.
e). Discuss clinical strategies for working with clients affected by radicalization.
f). Identify harmful communication practices that threaten clinical growth.
The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.
Instructor(s): Corey Petersen, MS, LCMFT, MAPC
Material Author(s): Corey Petersen, MS, LCMFT, MAPC
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